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It takes money to make history.

Ground won't be broken for the International Museum of Gay and Lesbian History for another ten years--in fact, a museum site won't even be chosen until 2004. But planners are already considering several corporations in an effort to generate the $30 million they estimate it will cost to build the museum.

"We are in the process of putting together naming opportunities for corporate sponsors," said Thomas Ryan, managing director of the museum, which he said will be modeled on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and will likely be built in either that city, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New York. "For $1 million to $10 million you'll be able to get a gallery within the museum."

Ryan, who has already raised more than $1 million in cash and pledges toward the museum's goal, said Absolut, Peet's Coffee and Tea, and West Hollywood, Calif.'s The Standard hotel are among the companies being approached about sponsorship opportunities.
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Title Annotation:International Museum of Gay and Lesbian History looking for corporate sponsors
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 24, 2000
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